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Kriss & Dpalm put together a quick Super Tuesday Recap to talk about the Black Panther teaser trailer released by Marvel. The first black superhero of any major comic book publisher finally gets his own solo film and the first trailer looks amazing. We discuss the importance of this movie and why now is the perfect time for this movie to come out. 

We also talk about the importance of black women being in this movie in a significant way. It's been a long wait but because of that, we're getting the movie we deserve. Give the episode a listen and let us know how excited you are for this movie.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:26pm EDT

Season 3 of SyFy's 12 Monkeys is a mixed bag. This season has had some really great acting performances of the cast. Emily Hampshire as Jennifer Goines continues to be a standout on the series. James Callis also adds in a great performance as Athan the last 3 episodes. But the show has struggled with consistency and breaking its own rules the entire season. The writing, which used to be the strong suit of this show, has become it's greatest weakness. The writers seem to change or ignore established mythos and rules when it fits their needs. Also the reveal of the "True Witness" just doesn't stick the landing due to inadequate build up throughout this season.

Listen to HiroJa and The Doctor wrap up their Season 3 review of 12 Monkeys with the final three episodes:

  • Episode 8 - Mask
  • Episode 9 - Thief
  • Episode 10 - Witness

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:36pm EDT

It Comes At Night is a complicated film to review. The latest horror film produced by A24 is a technically sound film. Director Trey Edward Shults beautifully captures intense moments and suspense by using different lenses and playing with aspect ratios. Yet the actually story in the film leaves a lot to be desired.

It Comes At Night suffers from a few things. First, it is being marketed as a monster/horror film and it isn't. The title of the film suggests some creature or manifestation showing up. This type of false marketing is frustrating for audiences as they will spend most of the film with an expectation that is never fulfilled. But worse than false advertising, this film falls into the same problem that many "Art House" films do: It's completely unfulfilling as a form of entertainment.

Director Trey Shults admits to purposely leaving the audience without answers and while that can sometimes be acceptable for some films, it doesn't work here. The film drops us into a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by some mysterious illness. We aren't given many details in terms of time, place or even the specifics of the virus. All of that is fine for this film. But when it comes to the interactions of the two families in this film and the rules the film establishes up front, everything breaks down.

Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott and Kelvin Harrison Jr. all put in pretty solid performances. Harrison is particularly a standout as the 17 year old Travis, who seems to be the focus of much of this film. But their acting plus the suspense and tense brought on by the camera work and music, just aren't enough to overcome a pretty awful script. This leaves the film as being an enjoy film to admire for its technical aspects but pretty frustrating to watch as a form of entertainment.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:04pm EDT

Hiroja and the Doctor continue their review of Season 3 of 12 Monkeys with the next 6 episodes:

  • Episode 2 - Guardians
  • Episode 3 - Enemy
  • Episode 4 - Brothers
  • Episode 5 -  Causality
  • Episode 6 - Nature
  • Episode 7 -  Nurture

The Good

The heist portion of Nature was the highlight of these 6 episodes. Once again Jennifer Goines uplifts the show and the season in general. Causality with Christopher Lloyd is the creepiest episode due to a very Children of The Corn vibe throughout. Todd Stashwick (Deacon) is also a standout acting-wise. The acting in general has been very good this season with everyone bringing their A game to the show. 

 

The Bad

The biggest problem with the show is the lazy writing and changing the rules as they go along. That becomes very apparent in this series of episodes. This shift in writing is dragging the entire season down and is losing all of the good will the show built up with the audience previously. We don't like that Cassie and Cole are keeping the secret of The Witness from the group since it causes more unnecessary problems.

Ramsey Death seems really convenient and the lack of effort on Cole's part to not try to save his " Brother " again speaks to the change in quality writing on the show.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:36am EDT


Kriss and Phenom are back to review Wonder Woman, the latest film in the DC Cinematic Universe. DC has had some struggles getting their Cinematic Universe up and running. Man of Steel split fans, Batman v Superman was universally panned and even Suicide Squad left a lot to desire. Beyond just getting the DCEU back on track, Wonder Woman also represents a 40 year wait to bring the most popular female superhero to live action. So does this film step up to the plate? Short answer: Absolutely.

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Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:32pm EDT

Hiroja and The Doctor are back to review Season 3 of 12 Monkeys, which was released in a 3 day event by Syfy.  We will be reviewing the premiere episode, The Mother, and then in three more podcasts grouping the remaining episodes in trios.

Cole splinters to 2163 to desolate places seeking the whereabouts of Titan and  the missing Cassie. Cassie has to deal with the fact she is trapped in Titan and  in the Custody of The Army of The Twelve Monkeys as well as the revelation that she is the mother of the Witness.


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:01am EDT

Arrow's 5th season wraps with what is probably the best episode CW has ever done. Lian Yu is not just a great season finale but it ends a 10 year arc for Oliver Queen's story (5 years of flashbacks & 5 years of present day story telling).  We say goodbye to a great character that's been a staple on the show while welcoming back Deathstroke. Everything lands this episode and returns Arrow to the top to claim its place among CW's DC shows.  We can't speak highly enough about this episode. Listen to our review as we break down what makes this episode so great.

Oliver assembles a group of unlikely allies - Slade, Nyssa, Merlyn and Digger Harkness - to engage in an epic battle against Chase and his army.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:20am EDT

What the hell was that? Kriss and Dpalm are back to review, discuss and rip apart the season 3 finale of The Flash. Seriously, we’re almost at a loss for words at what we watched. Sure, this season has had some rough moments, but we still expected this finale to rise above all of that and give us at least a solid footing to defend the season. But it doesn’t. From the cop out with the Iris/HR switch to Barry trying to play nice with Savitar, none of it is executed well. We go over all the plot holes and issues and hope that Season 4 the show brings back it’s ‘A’ game.

With nothing left to lose, Barry takes on Savitar in an epic conclusion.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:52pm EDT

Shanna & The Doctor are here to review the season 2 finale of Supergirl, "Nevertheless, She Persisted" . Rhea and Supergirl face off for the fate of the Earth in a season finale that is entertaining and attempts to close loose ends, but winds up being mildly dissatisfying with the lack of inclusion of some characters and plot holes here and there.  That said, it was a much better season and season finale than last season, earning the season an overall grade of B.

Supergirl challenges Rhea to battle to save National City. Meanwhile, Superman returns and Cat Grant offers Supergirl some sage advice.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:39pm EDT

Kriss is joined by Jax to review Baywatch starring Dwayne Johnson and Zach Efron. This definitely isn't a movie I would say a lot of people were looking out for. Obviously Baywatch was a popular TV show but I'm just not sure how that would translate to people being interested in a movie all these years later starring different people. Sure there are people that would go to see anything just because Johnson or Efron are in it. But dos that make it good? Well, in this case, the answer is yes. Baywatch doesn't take itself too seriously and takes the 21/22 Jump Street approach to bringing an old TV show to the big screen. And it's hilarious.

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Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:22am EDT